Volkswagen has had a pretty hot year for 2011 and now coming up for 2012, what with the new Jetta, Passat, etc. They’ve purchased Porsche, helped Bugatti find their new wings with the Veyron SuperSport, and now they’ve gone to Chicago with something new…

At the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen took to introducing its sportiest Jetta, the GLI with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making a very respectable 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

The trim levels are the standard GLI starting at $23,495; the GLI Autobahn, which adds 18″ wheels, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and a Fender audio system, all starting from $25,545; you can also option the GLI Autobahn with navigation, keyless entry with push button start for $26,445. So for under $30,000, expect the new Jetta GLI to fly off dealership lots, because they’re pretty hot and fun cars.

Gas mileage is expected to be around 31 mpg highway for the manual and 32 mpg highway for the automatic.

Expect a full RawAutos test drive review this summer!

Read more about the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI below:

Press release:

Volkswagen Unveils the New 2012 Jetta GLI, A German Performance Sedan at an Accessible Price

Jetta GLI is the complete Volkswagen package: A well-balanced, fun-to-drive, German-engineered performance vehicle – at an accessible price

HERNDON, Va., February 8, 2010 — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the debut of the new 2012 Jetta GLI, which combines the comfort and sophistication of a Jetta with aggressive performance and handling in a sporty yet sleek package. The all-new Jetta GLI is the most differentiated Jetta GLI model ever made by Volkswagen. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1984, the new Jetta GLI is sure to appeal to both automotive enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike.

The Jetta GLI offers exceptional features and options, for equally impressive pricing. Available in three trim levels, the Jetta GLI has a starting MSRP of $23,495. The GLI Autobahn, with an MSRP of $25,545, adds 18” alloy wheels, sunroof, dual zone climate control, heated V-Tex Leatherette seats and the Fender® Premium Audio System. The top of the line Jetta GLI Autobahn with Navigation adds the RNS-315 navigation system and keyless access with push-button start technology for an MSRP of $26,445.

Engine and Transmission

The sporty Jetta GLI boasts the award winning 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, generating 200 horsepower and a full 207 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,700 rpm, contributing to drivability and response of the vehicle in both everyday and performance situations. The Jetta GLI is offered with a six speed manual transmission as standard equipment. This new model is significantly lighter than the previous Jetta GLI and it offers power and performance coupled with German sensibilities. While EPA figures are not yet available, the Jetta GLI is expected to deliver 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG® automatic.

Additional performance features for the Jetta GLI include:

Track tuned four-way Independent Performance Suspension for superb handling

DSG® automatic gearbox that offers steering wheel mounted paddles shifters, super quick shift times and rev-matched downshifts

XDS® cross differential system that debuted on the Volkswagen GTI, that helps prevent inside wheel spin during cornering

Four wheel disc brakes with floating red calipers

Premium Features

To make life on the road a little easier, the Jetta GLI offers sophisticated, German engineered premium appointments. Features include standard 6.5” touch screen premium VIII radio with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, standard one-touch up/down power on all four windows, standard multifunction display (for vehicle status, trip, radio and navigation information when equipped), available dual zone climate control, available RNS-315 navigation system and available keyless entry with pushbutton start.

The 2012 Jetta GLI Autobahn and Autobahn with navigation models come standard with a Fender® Premium Audio System, bringing the concert stage to the vehicle for the ultimate music experience. Designed exclusively for Volkswagen, the Fender® Premium Audio System is embedded in the vehicle design and features proprietary Panasonic® speaker technology. The system covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers that generate imaging beyond the capabilities of traditional speaker designs. It cuts through the noise and other distractions with front dual voice coil speakers, with extended range for all musical genres.

The sound system features lower inter-modulation distortion and smooth mid-range response to eliminate harshness. It is harmonically complex, with extended range tweeters and properly voiced 16cm speakers revealing original instrumentation timbre and harmonic richness, bringing the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.


The Jetta GLI combines performance, space and comfort in one sleek package. At 182.2 inches long, 57.2 inches tall and 70 inches wide, it is more than 2.9 inches longer than previous Jetta models.

The front end of the car is defined by prominent horizontal lines. The Jetta GLI grille and the car’s trapezoidal headlights help create a distinct look. Below the bumper is a cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler that completes the masculine look of the car. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides while the shoulder section provides dynamic and muscular styling.

The aggressive styling of the Jetta GLI is powerfully emphasized by the arches of the wheel wells available with 17” or 18” alloys. Sleek lines and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section. The smoked taillights stand out with two distinct sections extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate above the dual exhaust tips.


Like the exterior, the interior of the Jetta GLI stays true to its sport and performance roots. Featuring sport bucket seats with red stitching and a sport flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, the GLI logo and aluminum accents, the interior styling consistently follows the clean, sporty lines of the car. The Jetta GLI is available in cloth or V-Tex Leatherette and also features sleek alloy pedals, shifter, dash and door trim.

Intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments allow drivers to enjoy a comfortable and ergonomically designed gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate and radio. The console is also slightly inclined toward the driver to heighten comfort behind the wheel.

To increase versatility, the rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds. The trunk can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch.


The Jetta GLI includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety including electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response System, which initiates automatic safety protection in some types of collisions — the electrical supply to the fuel pump is shut off, the doors unlock and the hazard lights switch on.

As part of the equipment package, the Jetta GLI also features driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and Side Curtain Protection® airbags in front and rear.

2012 VW Jetta GLI Spec Sheet

2012 Jetta GLI
Standard Equipment
S Standard, at no additional charge; O Option, at additional charge
P Package, at additional charge; – Not Available
Antenna Window diversity antenna S
Anti-Corrosion Fully galvanized sheet metal S
Badging “GLI” rear driver side S
Brake Lights Center high mounted stop lamp in top of rear window S
Body Panels Crash optimized front end S
Bumpers Body color bumpers S
Sport GLI-specific front and rear valances S
Dual exhaust with chrome tips S
Doors Four doors S
Body color door handles S
Grille GLI front grille with honeycomb insert and chrome surround S
Lights, Front/Rear Dual-reflector halogen headlamps with clear, lightweight, chip resistant polycarbonate
Daytime Running Lights (DRL). Upon start-up of vehicle, the headlights engage,
parking lights and taillights remain off. To engage all lights, the light switch must be
turned to the on position
Smoked taillights S
Fog lamps S
Headlights-on warning tone, upon opening of driver’s door when ignition key is
removed and light switch in in the ‘ON’ position
Mirrors Body color door mirror housings S
Power door mirrors, heatable with integrated turn indicators S
Moldings/Panels Chrome applications to lower side of window frames S
Roof Power glass sunroof with tilt, slide, tinted glass, manual sunshade, pinch protection,
and driver’s door power lock operated convenience closing feature

Tires 225/45 R17 H, all-season tires S
225/40 R18 H, all season tires –
Temporary use spare tire S
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) S
Wheels 7.0J X 17”alloy wheels, w/ anti-theft locks S
7.0J X 18”alloy wheels, w/ anti-theft locks –
Wipers/Washer Two-speed windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe feature S
Heated windshield washer nozzles –
Horn Two tone horn S
Air Conditioning Manual S
Automatic with Dual Zone Control –
Alarm/Anti-Theft Anti-theft vehicle alarm system preparation, pre-wiring S
Immobilizer theft deterrent system S
Armrest Front center armrest with storage compartment S
Ashtray Non-smoker package (power outlet with plug, storage receptacle with insert) S
Assist Handles Assist handles, two front and two rear S
Cruise Control Cruise control S
Defroster Electric rear window defroster S
Doors/Side Panels Integrated armrests in front and rear door panels S
Molded door trim with cloth inserts S
Molded door trim with V-Tex Leatherette inserts –
GLI engraved door sills S
Floor Mats Carpeted floor mats with red stitching S
Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice.
Steering Wheel 3-spoke sport leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel S
Multi-function steering wheel with paddle on automatic transmission S
Steering wheel deformable/collapsible upon impact S
Theft-deterrent steering column S
Storage, Interior Two front cup holders S
Two rear cup holders integrated into rear center armrest S
2012 Jetta GLI
Standard Equipment
S Standard, at no additional charge; O Option, at additional charge
P Package, at additional charge; – Not Available
Front and rear door storage pockets S
Front passenger seatback storage pocket S
Glove box, lockable, cooled and illuminated S
Storage compartment inside front center armrest S
Sunglass holders S
Sunvisor Sliding feature, driver S
Trim (Details) Leather shift knob S
Leather handbrake grip S
Sport pedals S
Soft touch dashboard S
Chrome package, around vents and HVAC controls S
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk escape handle – emergency internal release mechanism to unlatch trunk lid.
Fluorescent reflector for location
Fully carpeted/lined luggage compartment S
Grip on inside of trunk lid to assist closing S
Loading edge protection, plastic S
Upholstery Cloth seating surfaces, GLI specific with red stitching S
V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, GLI specific with red stitching –
Ventilation System Air vents in instrument panel S
Pollen filter S
Windows Key opening & closing feature for power windows S
Power windows with pinch protection and one-touch up/down feature, operable from all
four doors
Body Panels Crash optimized front end S
Brakes ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) S
Power assisted front vented disc brakes, rear solid disc brakes S
EBD – Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution S
HBA – Hydraulic Brake Assistant S
Engine / Emissions 2.0T 200 horsepower, 207 lbs-ft torque, 4 cylinder, in-line, single overhead camshaft, 2
valves per cylinder
Emission certification: California EPA TIER 2 BIN 5
Side Protection Anti-intrusion side door beams S
Steering Electro-mechanical power assisted rack-and-pinion steering S
Suspension Sport suspension S
Independent front McPherson struts with stabilizer bar S
Multi-link rear suspension S
Traction Control ASR – Anti-Slip Regulation S
EDL – Electronic Differential Lock S
XDS – Cross Differential System S
EBA – Engine Braking Assist prevents compression-induced skidding in slippery
ESP – Electronic Stabilization Program S
Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice.
Transmission 6-speed manual transmission S
6-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode S
Cable shift mechanism – manual transmission only S
Clutch starter interlock for manual transmission. Vehicle will not start if clutch is not
Hydraulic clutch for manual transmission S
Anti-Corrosion 12 year/unlimited distance Limited Warranty against Corrosion Perforation S
Power train Warranty 5 year/60,000 mile (whichever occurs first). Power train Limited Warranty S
Vehicle Warranty 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first). New Vehicle Limited Warranty S
2012 Jetta GLI
Standard Equipment
S Standard, at no additional charge; O Option, at additional charge
P Package, at additional charge; – Not Available
Roadside Assistance 3 year /36,000 mile (whichever occurs first) S
Service Program 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first). New Vehicle Limited Warranty S
Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice.